“I tell you the truth if anyone keeps my word, he will never see dearth”–John 8:51
Our lives are surrounded by things, things we want to keep and have. We want to have things so that we may keep them. We want to have a house, a car, wealth, respect, honor, etc. However non of these things can prevent us from seeing dearth. No matter how much of these things we want, we all know we will die one day. In the movie Gladiator, Maximus says, “dearth smiles at us all…all that man can do is smile back”. However on the other hand Jesus says, anyone who keeps my word will never see dearth. Jesus says anyone, whether poor or rich, whether weak or strong, anyone who keeps my word will never see dearth. This makes one even wonder on, how much it costs to keep Jesus word compared to the things we so eagerly want to have and keep.
However we all know we die, so what does Jesus mean that we will never see dearth. Let us first look at what dearth does. Dearth is cold, its dark, its the end, it has hopelessness and despair, when dead we can do nothing we loose our life. Those who keep Jesus word will always be alive, hopeful, energetic, etc. They will never see dearth. The physical dearth is also not the real dearth, in Jesus those who physically die will rise again, just like Jesus rose from the dead. Keeping Jesus word will make us not see dearth but see God, it will make us live in he presence of an ever living God.
However where is Jesus word and how can we keep Jesus word? Jesus word is found in the Bible, his apostles kept a record of his word and teachings. We can keep Jesus word by believing in him, trusting in him and by constant prayer. It is so beautiful that Jesus makes us truly free from keeping things, for the truth is that non of the things we keep can evade us from dearth. Only Jesus word has the power to make us not see dearth. Though some things we keep may be important, however they should not hold such great importance than the word of Jesus. Only Jesus word is life and trustworthy for living in this world. May we prayerful keep Jesus word. Amen.
At a time where racial divide was rampant, RFK decides to deliver the sad news that MLK was killed of which compelling evidence pointed to a white person as the assassin. Yet RFK is willing to stand at the heart of the African American area and pronounce MLK’s dearth. The police warn him as they would not be able to guarantee security for him. Yet this man RFK decides to go anyhow. This to me goes to show that RFK was willing to lay down his life for what he believed in, he had calculated the cost of being a leader. The other challenge he would be faced with is, how do you even prepare a speech for such a terrible and great loss in the country? what do you say to the people who have just lost their anchor of hope?
Here is the link to RFK’s speech, utterly amazing, just amazing…we need more of these kind of leaders. “And let’s dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.” –Robert F Kennedy
Some of the things that holds us back is fear of making mistakes and fear of wasting time of our lives. We want to be effective especially in the new life Jesus Christ has called us into. In the end we want to hear our master Jesus Christ say, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”–Matthew 25:21. Francis Chan says he made more mistakes by doing nothing compared to doing something. Though God did not allow David to build him the temple God was pleased with his heart’s intention. David was not perfect he had done so many mistakes. In fact the Bible is filled with imperfect people whom God used mightily. Many of us waste time on waiting to hear from God to do something. Chan’s question: was it God who said i should go on Facebook or watch TV ? yet i still so such things without hearing from God. The point is that we can decide to do something, unless God said you cannot do that.
This sermon/video holds some keys for one to live a practical life of faith. “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” —2 Peter 1:5-15. May God help me live a life of faith.
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfect…” —Philippians 3:12
It is a trap to presume that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do— God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself. The emphasis of holiness movements tends to be that God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum. If you accept this concept of personal holiness, your life’s determined purpose will not be for God, but for what you call the evidence of God in your life. How can we say, “It could never be God’s will for me to be sick”? If it was God’s will to bruise His own Son (Isaiah 53:10), why shouldn’t He bruise you? What shines forth and reveals God in your life is not your relative consistency to an idea of what a saint should be, but your genuine, living relationship with Jesus Christ, and your unrestrained devotion to Him whether you are well or sick.
Christian perfection is not, and never can be, human perfection. Christian perfection is the perfection of a relationship with God that shows itself to be true even amid the seemingly unimportant aspects of human life. When you obey the call of Jesus Christ, the first thing that hits you is the pointlessness of the things you have to do. The next thought that strikes you is that other people seem to be living perfectly consistent lives. Such lives may leave you with the idea that God is unnecessary— that through your own human effort and devotion you can attain God’s standard for your life. In a fallen world this can never be done. I am called to live in such a perfect relationship with God that my life produces a yearning for God in the lives of others, not admiration for myself. Thoughts about myself hinder my usefulness to God. God’s purpose is not to perfect me to make me a trophy in His showcase; He is getting me to the place where He can use me. Let Him do what He wants.
–My Utmost for His Highest, Daily Devotional , Oswald Chambers
I loved this presentation. What i love from his presentation is that not being silent does not merely mean words. He gives a testimony of his life that he used to speak out but only realized that he was just satisfying the ears of his listeners, that he was not speaking into the consciences of the others. I can relate so well with his experience, i am very self conscious and sensitive to what would people think of me. Though i do speak out to certain things, i always make sure i don’t loose anything and rather gain more respect and honor. This realization was greatly magnified by Facebook. When i place a comment, i would expect many likes on it. This means that i depend on people for an identity, i am in effect worshiping people and depending on them for my joy and meaning in life. It is like i have them into a god. That is in effect rejecting the truth that i was created by God, this is the response of my fallen sinful nature. I need to accept that i have a true identity in God who created me. When God created mankind he said this is good. Each person was good in God’s eyes even before anyone did anything good or bad. When Jesus died on the cross he said it is finished, the work of God to transform me into his son was completed.
From the presentation i learn that, not being silent will cost you something, either reputation, job, friendship, even your life (as was the case with Martin Luther King Jr), etc. Considering the love of God revealed through what Jesus did for me, i really have no reason to be silent. Thanks Clint Smith for this awesome presentation.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”– Martin Luther King Jr.
This video explains the importance of followers rather than leader. He told that if all of us become a leader, it would be ineffective. The current education system is focused on growing leader. Perhaps this might be wrong. I always wanted to be a leader. But now I think that good followers are needed. They are also important for the success of the organization. Maybe I could be a good follower.
The first follower is what transform a lone nut into a leader…